Suggested Events for August 1st-7th, 2015

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Aug 5-8

Ahoy there maties! The adventure starts with a mysterious map. Could X mark the spot for buried treasure? Add in pirates and a stranger and the plot thickens. Now you’re off to the high seas. Adventure, skullduggery, secrets, promises broken, and even a couple of laughs. Welcome to PaintBox Theatre’s Treasure Island—the adventure of a lifetime! Long John Silver ordered that you to come dressed as a pirate. (They need a crew!) Performances are Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, August 8, 10:30am and 1:00pm. daily, at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-923-7159. PaintBoxTheatre.com.

Aug 6

Join us on Thursday, Aug 6 from 6-8pm for a meaningful time volunteering with your family and your community! Free and open to everyone!

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Thursday, Aug 6 , 6-8pm, Potluck and Volunteer. (Bring your favorite dish to share.) Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Aug 8

Get your groove on! Hilltown Families & Flywheel are hosting a Saturday Block Party for Kids at Millside Park in Easthampton on August 8! DJ Youthelectronix will DJ a dance party (and if you’ve been to our winter dance parties, you know how much fun these are!), Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will be performing the classic fairytale “Firebird,” and we’ll have juice boxes galore!!! This summertime family celebration is a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to invite your neighbors to join us too! — Rain location: Flywheel.

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Saturday, August 1st

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 8 years!

Saturday, August 1. (ALL DAY) — SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Help every student start the school year off with the supplies he or she needs through Project Backpack. August 1 is the last day to donate new backpacks and school supplies. Donations should be brought to the Amherst Chamber of Commerce office. Contact the ARPS Family Center if you would like information about how to receive school supplies for children in your family. 413-253-0700. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, August 1. 8:30am-11:30am — CANOEING & NATURAL HISTORY
The Housatonic River and its banks are home to many plant and animal species, but many of these areas are in need of protection and restoration. Learn about the river’s past, present, and future as you explore the meandering Housatonic via canoe with a knowledgeable guide. Bald eagles may soar overhead, and a variety of landscapes will be visible, too. Paddles, PFDs, and boats will be provided. Meets at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property. Registration required. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 1. 9:30am-8pm — HISTORY
It is one thing to view photos, read text, or see a film about another era, but it is another experience entirely to Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and activities of that time. This weekend, Old Sturbridge Village will be transformed into a military camp with close to 1000 actors portraying soldiers from several nations in its Revolutionary War re-enactment, “Redcoats and Rebels.” Visitors can witness battles and soldier training camps, view cannon demonstrations, and learn scouting techniques. There will also be opportunities to play 18th century baseball and try out dances that were common at the time. The formal exhibits will close at 5pm, but visitors are invited to stay on the premises until 8pm to mix and mingle with the troops in their camps. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 1. 10am — LOCAL HISTORY & REUNION
Catamount Hill is perched in Colrain, and was home to a settlement of people dating back to the 18th century. Every five years since 1875, former Catamount Hill residents and their descendants have gathered to share stories and keep the community spirit of the original settlement alive. For this 29th Quinquennial Reunion, the Catamount Hill Association invites descendants and anyone interested in the people and history of Catamount Hill to attend the gathering. 413-625-6965. Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road, Colrain, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 1. 10am — FILM STUDIES
Amherst Cinema‘s Family Films Series has an animal theme for the month of August! This week’s film is March of the Penguins (G, 2006). Described as “one of the most eye-ravishing documentaries ever made,” this movie follows Antarctica’s emperor penguins as they make their annual journey across a harsh landscape to their nesting grounds. 413-253-2547 x 6. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 1. 11am-7pm — LOCAL HISTORY & CULTURE
The Pocumtuck Homelands Festival welcomes participants to celebrate Native American culture and history through a day of live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, children’s games, arts and crafts, and demonstrations. A special component of this year’s festival is the music by Cheyenne flute player, Joseph FireCrow, one of the top three Native American flutists in the world! Sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project. 413-773-9818. Unity Park Waterfront, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 1. 11:30am-1pm — CARTOGRAPHY
Creating a map requires that we take a different look at our surroundings, examine spatial relationships, recognize landforms, and consider scale. Families can try their hand at cartography, or mapmaking, at Chesterwood‘s “Walking the Line” workshop. Participants will be invited to create maps of both real and imagined places. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 1. 12pm-8pm — CULINARY ARTS
The food truck phenomenon has allowed people to try all sorts of cuisines, many of which celebrate fresh, local ingredients. This weekend The Big E hosts the largest gathering of gourmet food trucks from around New England, offering families a great way to try new foods! Visitors can sample dishes from over 50 food trucks, while enjoying live music and family-friendly activities, too. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 1. 12:30pm-3:30pm — CULINARY ARTS
Do you know how to prepare za’atar, use purslane, or create thai basil pesto? Learn how to incorporate locally-grown elements in your cooking at Bug Hill Farm‘s final farm-to-table luncheon of the summer, featuring workshops by guest chef Didi Emmons and food writer Odessa Piper. Stay afterwards to pick-your-own berries, herbs, and flowers! Rain date August 2. Registration required. 423-639-3980. 502 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield, MA. ($-$$)

Saturday, August 1. 2pm — DANCE
Daniel Ulbricht and Stars of American Ballet will perform works by Robbins, Peck, Kobborg, and Wheeldon at Jacob’s Pillow this weekend. Arrive 30 minutes early for a free pre-show talk with scholar-in-residence Maura Keefe and learn more about the dancers, choreographers, and pieces that will be performed. 413-243-9919 x 125. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 1. 2:30pm — LOCAL HISTORY
Cummington’s Historical Museum, the Kingman Tavern, will feature Dennis D. Picard presenting as the School Master in, “All to The Tune of a Hickory Stick: A Look at Education in the One Room Schoolhouse.” This historical museum of two or three rooms is an early 1800’s house of seventeen rooms, which was a tavern. There is also a replica of a 1900 country store, a two-  story barn, a carriage shed, and an 1840’s cider mill.  413-563-1981. 41Main Street, in Cummington, MA (FREE)

Saturday, August 1. 4pm-5pm — LOCAL HISTORY
How has your life been affected by the artists, scientists, inventors, and athletes who hail from Stockbridge? Find out at the Outstanding in Their Fields: Some Surprising Local Experts cemetery walk, led by a volunteer from the Stockbridge Library’s Museum and Archives. 413-298-5501. Cemetery gate, Main Street, Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, August 1. 4pm-7pm. — ART & LITERACY
A perfect connection with this summer’s reading program theme, the Berkshire Art Association and Comic and Cartoon Art present Reimagined! An International Show of Comic and Cartoon Art which runs from August 1-29. The family-friendly opening party will include music, face painting, and, of course, comic art making. Comic-inspired costumes and attire are encouraged. Children can make connections between the art they view and the themes and stories they have encountered in their summer reading adventures! Both local and international comic artists will be featured in the exhibit. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 1. 5pm-6:45pm — COMMUNITY DINNER
Share time with your friends and neighbors of all ages, trading stories and communing over supper at the Charlemont Federated Church‘s annual chicken barbeque dinner. Fare will be traditional “country dinner” style, with plenty of homemade pies to go around! Reservations required. 413-339-4294. 175 Main Street, Charlemont, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 1. 6:30pm – BASEBALL
See the North Adams Steeple Cats play at Joe Wolfe Field for a close-to-home summer baseball game. See their schedule for a full list of games. 310 State Street. North Adams, MA. (>$)

Saturday, August 1. 7pm – BASEBALL
Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 1. 8pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Romeo and Juliet is this year’s production for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, and it will be performed in the brand new pavilion at the First Street Common. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a night of entertainment under the stars! Runs Thursdays-Sundays through August 2. 413-367-4253. 874 North Street,Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 1. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, August 2nd

Ongoing Sunday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 8 years of archived shows.

Sunday, August 2. 9:30am-5pm — HISTORY
It is one thing to view photos, read text, or see a film about another era, but it is another experience entirely to Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and activities of that time. This weekend, Old Sturbridge Village will be transformed into a military camp with close to 1000 actors portraying soldiers from several nations in its Revolutionary War re-enactment, “Redcoats and Rebels.” Visitors can witness battles and soldier training camps, view cannon demonstrations, and learn scouting techniques. There will also be opportunities to play 18th century baseball and try out dances that were common at the time. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Sunday, August 2. 10am-1pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Atkins Farms hosts its annual Children’s Day celebration, with a birds of prey demonstration by wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi and old fashioned games and prizes. Weather permitting. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE for children ages 10 and under)

Sunday, August 2. 12pm-2pm — BOTANY
When flowers are in bloom, it can be easy to overlook the other plant life around them. Late summer affords us a wonderful window of opportunity (between two seasonal flower blooms) to focus in on ferns! This 2-hour hike, sponsored by the Hilltown Land Trust, will lead participants past many different types of ferns, and everyone will learn how to identify and differentiate common local fern species. Wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes, and insect repellant, and bring water as well as a magnifying glass and fern guide if you have them. Rain cancels. Registration required. 508-997-0496. Taproot Commons Farm, 11 Porter Hill Road, Cummington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 2. 12pm-6pm — CULINARY ARTS
The food truck phenomenon has allowed people to try all sorts of cuisines, many of which celebrate fresh, local ingredients. This weekend The Big E hosts the largest gathering of gourmet food trucks from around New England, offering families a great way to try new foods! Visitors can sample dishes from over 50 food trucks, while enjoying live music and family-friendly activities, too. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Sunday, August 2. 1pm —MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Tanglewood‘s Watch and Play program gives children ages 3-10 the opportunity to listen to and interact with a variety of orchestral instruments and musical arrangements. The setting is casual and welcoming, and children are encouraged to converse with musicians to explore their music-related curiosities. Pre-registration required. 413-637-5180. The Shed at Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 2. 1:30pm-3:30pm — MUSIC & HISTORY
Born in New Orleans in 1901, Louis Armstrong started working at a young age to help support his struggling family. His many jobs took him to all parts of the city, thus exposing him to many types of music. Learn more about Armstrong’s interesting life history and enjoy some of his most well-known songs at the Keep Homestead Museum‘s Dixieland Stomp performance. Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair. Performance will be moved to the barn in case of rain. 413-267-4137. 35 Ely Road, Monson, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 2. 2pm — DANCE
Daniel Ulbricht and Stars of American Ballet will perform works by Robbins, Peck, Kobborg, and Wheeldon at Jacob’s Pillow this weekend. Arrive 30 minutes early for a free pre-show talk with scholar-in-residence Maura Keefe and learn more about the dancers, choreographers, and pieces that will be performed. 413-243-9919 x 125. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. ($$)

Sunday, August 2. 2pm & 6:30pm — THEATRE
Good theatre can transport us to other places and times, and helps us develop new understandings of ourselves and others. Introduce your children to these joys of theatre through one of the Majestic Children’s Theatre performances this summer. This week features an adaptation of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale about friendship, courage, and what it means to belong. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Sunday, August 2. 4pm – BASEBALL
Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, August 2. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

Sunday, August 2. 8pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Romeo and Juliet is this year’s production for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, and it will be performed in the brand new pavilion at the First Street Common. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a night of entertainment under the stars! Runs Thursdays-Sundays through August 2. 413-367-4253. 874 North Street,Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 2. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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Monday, August 3rd

Monday, August 3. 8:15am-9:15am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Hike It Baby hikes are designed to allow parents and caregivers opportunities to exercise together in stroller- and other child carrier-friendly ways. Older children are welcome to walk along with the adults, too. Come out for some mood-lifting exercise and social support! This walk around downtown Belchertown will be about 1 mile long. Parking is available behind the BUUC church or in the town lot at the end of the common. 301-906-4700. Canon by the War Memorials, Belchertown Common, Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 3. 9am-12pm — CHORAL ARTS
Berkshire Lyric invites children ages 6-13 to join its free, week-long choral camp which runs August 3-August 7. Participants will do musical exercises and fun activities to develop their skills. 413-298-5365. Dalton Congregational Church, 514 Main Street, Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 3. 10am/1pm/6:30pm — THEATRE
Good theatre can transport us to other places and times, and helps us develop new understandings of ourselves and others. Introduce your children to these joys of theatre through one of the Majestic Children’s Theatre performances this summer. This week features an adaptation of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale about friendship, courage, and what it means to belong. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Monday, August 3. 12pm-4:30pm — HISTORY/FIBER ARTS
Did you know that silk played an important role in Deerfield’s history? Visit Historic Deerfield‘s Silken Threads and Shimmering Cloth presentations to learn all about the silk industry. Check out the live silkworm exhibit, reel silk from a cocoon, and try painting on silk fabric! Many examples of silken cloths and embroideries will be on display throughout the museum as well. This hands-on learning opportunity will be available daily through August 13, 2015. 413-775-7127. 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. ($)

Monday, August 3. 6pm-7pm — AGRICULTURE/LOCAL FOODS
A diversity of plants helps keep both the Earth, and the creatures upon it, alive and well. The age of industrial agriculture went hand in hand with a decline in biodiversity among our food crops, and raised awareness about the importance of creating seed banks and seed libraries. Learn from the folks at Feasthampton as they discuss seeds, health, and our cultural heritage in this presentation at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 3. 6pm-8pm — ECONOMICS
Learning to manage money is important, and the younger one develops an understanding of the basics of investing, the better their chances at implementing sound financial strategies once they have money of their own. This investment workshop at the Storrs Library will provide beginning and seasoned investors with information about buying and trading stocks. Registration requested. 413-565-4181 x 1620. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 3. 7pm — COMMUNITY MUSIC
Bring an instrument (your voice counts!) and your favorite songs (copies of lyrics and chords to share would be helpful, too) and gather with friends and neighbors at the Westhampton Library‘s music night. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 3. 7pm – 7:45pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
The target”_blank”>Tilton Library presents outdoor Monday Night Music performances throughout the summer months, featuring local musicians! This week, acoustic trio Eavesdrop will entertain audiences with its mix of folk and soul. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will have a playgroup every Monday this summer at Safety Village in Florence. 413-582-2636. Bridge Road. Florence, MA.
  • 9:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open during the summer months on Monday and Thursdays for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group on most Mondays year-round. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. Runs most Mondays. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday through August 31st at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORIES & MUSIC: Visit the M.N. Spear Memorial Library for Tales and Tunes, a fun year-round gathering of young children and their caregivers featuring stories and music. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) (JULY & AUGUST)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center‘s Monday Play and Learn Group will meet at Linear Park through the summer months. 413-664-4821. Off of Rt 43/Water Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can attend Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library every Monday year-round. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning, ongoing. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm — LITERACY: The Springfield City Library is hosting many hero-themed events this summer as a part of its summer reading program. Try out the Superhero Box Car Challenge (East Forest Park branch) which invites families to turn an ordinary cardboard box into an imaginative car. What a great way to practice brainstorming and engineering together! You might try out the Traveling Heroes Paper Dolls program (East Springfield branch) in which you make a paper doll, mail it to someone, and the recipient takes photos of the paper doll tagging along with them for a week. All library locations will also have a rhyming scavenger hunt for children aged 5 and up to complete. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street (central branch), Springfield, MA (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENTING SUPPORT: Are you helping raise your grandchildren, nieces & nephews, or other family members? Join others who are doing so at a parenting support group every third Monday of the month at the Williamsburg Senior Center. Childcare available if you call in advance. 413-563-1981. 141 Main Street, Haydenville, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 2pm-4pm – MOVIE: Each Monday through August 3, the Westfield Athenaeum will be showing a different family movie (rated G or PG). 413-562-6158 x 5. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm — LITERATURE:The Mount hosts its popular literature-related lecture series each Monday through the end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)
  • 5pm-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Community supper every Monday at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Donations accepted, as well as food item donations for local food banks. Ongoing (no suppers on 9/1, 11/24 or 12/29). 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires is sponsoring a summer playgroup for children walking through age 6 at Monument Square Playground (Haskins Center). In case of rain, meet in the gym. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s ongoing weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm – PARENTING: Parents of transgender, gender nonconforming, or questioning children are invited to participate in a new support group that meets on the first Monday of every month (excepting Labor Day). 413-695-7686. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, August 4th

Tuesday, August 4. 9:30am-11am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Hike It Baby hikes are designed to allow parents and caregivers opportunities to exercise together in stroller- and other child carrier-friendly ways. Older children are welcome, too. This event is an organized playgroup at the new School Street splash park. Wear water shoes, bring a towel, and have swim diapers for tiny tots. Parking is available on Corey Street or in the School Street lot. 455 Corey Street, Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 4. 10am — MAGIC SHOW
Every Tuesday morning through the summer, Look Park features children’s shows in the beautiful Pines Theater (or the Garden House Tent in case of rain). Today, Henry the Juggler will entertain everyone with his amazing juggling skills! 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, August 4. 10am & 1pm — THEATRE
Good theatre can transport us to other places and times, and helps us develop new understandings of ourselves and others. Introduce your children to these joys of theatre through one of the Majestic Children’s Theatre performances this summer. This week features an adaptation of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale about friendship, courage, and what it means to belong. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, August 4. 10:30am – 11:30am — NATIVE FAUNA
Children who come to understand and value nature often carry that perspective into adulthood. Give the children in your life a strong, early connection to the world around them through activities like Kidleidoscope Tuesdays at the Great Falls Discovery Center! Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to visit for a story, game, and craft related to the natural world. Today’s topic will be Dragonflies. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 4. 1pm — COMMUNITY HEROES
What does a day in the life of a local police officer or firefighter look like? Visit the Berkshire Athenaeum for a special program of real-life hero stories with Chief of Police Michael Wynn and Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski. Suggested for children ages 5 and up. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 4. 3pm – 4pm — ARTS & CRAFTS
Lava lamps are entertaining to watch, and can also teach us a thing or two about density and convection. This week at the Odyssey Bookshop‘s Camp Odyssey Craft Camp, kids will be able to make their own lava lamps to enjoy all summer long while contemplating the scientific phenomena that underlie the lamps’ mystique. Ages 7 and up. Pre-registration required. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, August 4. 4pm — CULINARY ARTS/ART/HISTORY
Chances are, you’ve had at least one picnic meal this summer. When did picnicking come into fashion? Why did people decide to dine outdoors rather than in? Food historian Francine Segan will take us through a history of picnicking in her talk at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. A Victorian tea will follow the presentation. Reservations highly recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, August 4. 6pm — LITERACY
Graphic novel and adventure fans won’t want to miss this Odyssey Bookshop event with debut graphic novel author, Marika McCoola. McCoola will share from her book, Baba Yaga’s Assistant. Due to potentially scary nature of the storyline and characters, most appropriate for older students. RSVP requested. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • TBA – VOLUNTEERING: Grow and share your gardening skills in the gardens of Naumkeag and the Mission House, properties of the Trustees of Reservations. Volunteers will be thanked with free admission to special lectures and workshops. Runs Tuesdays through August 25, 2015. 413-532-1631 x 19. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12:30pm – VOLUNTEERING: Help improve the Trustees of Reservations trails at Notchview with the property’s Trail Team. A variety of opportunities are available, from light work to heavy maintenance and construction. Runs second and fourth Tuesdays through October 2015. 413-532-1631 x 19. Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Deb Wood features fun toys and more! Every Tuesday. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – OUTDOOR PLAYTIME: The Ware Family Center organizes a Tuesday outdoor playgroup for children and their caregivers through the summer months at Beauregard Park (the “pool park”). 413-967-8127. Ware, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime year-round! This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for preschoolers every Tuesday. During the summer months this group will meet at the Kemp Park playground off of East Main Street in North Adams. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a baby and toddler play time every Tuesday at 11am. They also offer a playgroup for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month which begins at 10am. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup, year-round. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-5 can attend a literacy group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Come with a parent or caregiver and practice reading skills! Runs every Tuesday. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Through the summer months, Easthampton Family Center families can meet up this summer at the outdoor playgroup Tuesdays at Nonotuck Park Playground (1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton). 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend a fun storytime at the Chicopee Public Library the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Come for songs, finger plays, movement, stories, activities, and crafts. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – MUSIC: The Hubbard Library is offering a music program for preschoolers every Tuesday. Come for singing, clapping, and dancing. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event! Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.” Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts. Runs every Tuesday through October 6. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a baby and toddler playtime every Tuesday. Come to the library and meet other kids and parents. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – TECHOLOGY SUPPORT: The Storrs Library’s Tech Tuesday ongoing, drop-in sessions allow folks to receive coaching in various skills with which they’ve been needing support. Learn how to use your new computer, send email, operate an e-reader, and more. Bring your phone, e-reader, or other relevant device. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY & MUSIC: Visitors to Tanglewood may participate in a free, guided walking tour of the campus most Tuesdays (1:30pm), Wednesdays (10:30am), Saturdays (1:30pm), and Sundays (12:30pm; for concert ticket holders only) through the summer. Tours begin at the Visitors Center/Tanglewood Manor House. Rain or shine. 413-637-5393. 297 West Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Northampton’s Tuesday Market runs through the summer and fall. Tuesday Market features delicious local fruits, vegetables, bread, syrup, fish, honey, and much more! Come each Tuesday for food, community, and entertainment. Takes place between Thornes Market and the parking garage. Downtown. Northampton, MA.
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees every Tuesday, especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 3pm-5pm – GAMES: Kids can play Magic the Gathering every Tuesday at Comics N’ More. A great chance for kids to make new friends with similar interests and learn how to play this fun card game! 413-529-0800. 31 Union Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Meekins Library has a new LEGO club which meets in the Hawks Hayden Room every Tuesday. Designed with kids ages 5-11 in mind, but everyone is welcome! 413-268-7488. 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – LITERACY/GAMES: Meet up with other community members at the Monson Library each Tuesday for a game of Scrabble! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday through August 11. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, August 5th

Wednesday, August 5. 10am & 1pm — THEATRE
Good theatre can transport us to other places and times, and helps us develop new understandings of ourselves and others. Introduce your children to these joys of theatre through one of the Majestic Children’s Theatre performances this summer. This week features an adaptation of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale about friendship, courage, and what it means to belong. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, August 5. 10:30am — CARTOONING
Cartoonist Paul Merkin brings his fun, interactive cartoon art show to the Adams Free Library to celebrate super heroes with kids of all ages! 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 5. 10:30am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Hike It Baby hikes are designed to allow parents and caregivers opportunities to exercise together in stroller- and other child carrier-friendly ways. Older children are welcome, too. This child-led walk will follow the level nature trails at the Hitchcock Center and will be appropriately paced for little legs. Everyone will be encouraged to stop and explore the environment along the way! 301-906-4700. 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 5. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Pirates have long captured kids’ imagination with their legendary adventures on the high seas. Invite your children to dress up as a pirate and attend one of Paintbox Theatre‘s performances of Treasure Island, which runs August 5-8. 413-923-7159. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, August 5. 10:30am-12pm — NATIVE FAUNA & NATURALIST SKILLS
Basic naturalist skills are fun to develop and will serve a person for a lifetime! Learning to use a hand lens helps develop fine motor skills and increases one’s ability to observe, and subsequently, describe objects. Discovering how a field guide is organized and how it is used helps one establish a stronger understanding of systems of classification and allows for lots of practice with comparing and contrasting. Project Native‘s Bug & Butterfly Safaris invite children to develop and practice these skills as they traverse fields in search of eggs, caterpillars, and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. All ages welcome; all children should be accompanied by an adult. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Rain cancels. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 5. 4:30pm-6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Visit Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property, for Watermelon Wednesdays! Visitors will enjoy juicy watermelon, as well as songs and stories with John Porcino. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children)

Wednesday, August 5. 5:30pm-6:30pm — ARTS & CRAFTS
Make super hero costumes and celebrate Heath’s local heroes at the Heath Free Public Library‘s summer crafts program. Open to children ages 5-12 and their families. 413-337-4934. Heath Fairgrounds, Heath, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 5. 6pm — STEAM
Children ages 3-6 are invited to the Spear Memorial Library for Steamrollin’ Summer fun, a hands-on science/technology/engineering/art/math (STEAM) program. Children should be accompanied by a caregiver and wear clothes that can get messy. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 5. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, August 5. 8pm-10pm — NATURE STUDIES
Are those crickets you’re hearing at night, or cicadas? Could that be a tree frog in your backyard or is it a peeper? And how can you use cricket chirps to determine air temperature?! Find out at the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation‘s “Sounds of the Summer Night” program. S’mores will be served at 8pm, and the sound studies begin at 8:30pm. Rain date August 12. 413-458-2494. Sheep Hill, Route 7 (1 mile south of the Williamstown Rotary), Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • ALL DAY – GAMES/RIDES: Every Wednesday this summer at Look Park all attractions are half price! Bring the family and have some outdoor summer fun. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. ($)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – 11:30am – STORYTIME: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Leverett Library on Wednesdays through the summer for storytime with Julie Stepanek. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road, Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – 11:30am – STORYTIME: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Wendell Free Library on Wednesdays through the summer for storytime with Sylvia Wetherby. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Frontier Regional CFCE has a new playgroup that will meet Wednesdays through August 12 for kids ages 0-6 and their families. Rain cancels. 413-665-1151 x 46. Conway Park, Conway, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library‘s “Make It/Take It” drop-in summer program gives kids an opportunity to craft to their hearts’ content! While there, stop by the “Wild Guess Jar” which is actually not for wild, out-of-the-blue, guesses, but which invokes children’s higher thinking skills in challenging them to come up with thoughtful estimations of the number of items within the container! 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library librarian, Rochelle Wildfong, will host a story time in the children’s department every Wednesday, all year round. Fingerplays, songs, picture books, and circle games for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. After story hour, take the kids sledding behind the school, then head down to Bread Euphoria for a warm something to eat & drink! A delightful way to spend a Wednesday morning in the Hilltowns with your preK kids! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – LOCAL HISTORY & MUSIC: Visitors to Tanglewood may participate in a free, guided walking tour of the campus most Tuesdays (1:30pm), Wednesdays (10:30am), Saturdays (1:30pm), and Sundays (12:30pm; for concert ticket holders only) through the summer. Tours begin at the Visitors Center/Tanglewood Manor House. Rain or shine. 413-637-5393. 297 West Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5! During the summer, the group will meet at various locations throughout the community to learn about and celebrate our local heroes. Please check the library schedule in advance for location information! 413-267-3866. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 2:30pm-4pm — LOCAL HEROES: Meet Ashfield’s own heroes Wednesdays through August 12 at the Belding Memorial Library. Open to children of any age. 413-628-4414. 344 Main Street, Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 5pm-6pm – SHORT STORIES: Edith Wharton’s stories will be read aloud at The Mount by professional actors, highlighting her gift for social satire through the end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)
  • 6:15pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE: People of all ages will enjoy the amazing variety of dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series this summer. These outdoor performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 29, and feature a great diversity of dance styles and companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: Wednesdays through August 19 the Arms Library hosts an “Every Hero Has a Story” bedtime story and snack time for children and their families. Children are invited to wear their pajamas. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-8:30pm – CONCERT: The Shelburne Falls Military Band hosts a series of Wednesday evening concerts through August 23. Concerts are family-friendly and allow kids to be up close to the musicians where they can see how different instruments are played. Location changes each week but will be within western Franklin County, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the fourth Wednesday of each month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. This is a bereavement group for infant and pregnancy loss. Please contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 30 Locust Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the second Wednesday of each month in the Owl and Raven Community Space. The group is for mothers and partners who have experience the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Please email lexi.walters@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 2 Conz Street, Unit 42. Northampton, MA.
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Tour the most haunted parts of Edith Wharton’s estate at The Mount. Content is scary/spooky and not suitable for children under 12 through end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, August 6th

Thursday, August 6. 10am — MOVIE
A $1 movie in an air-conditioned theatre on a hot summer day? Yes, please! Cinemark‘s Summer Movie Clubhouse shows G- and PG-rated movies on Thursdays throughout the summer. Today’s movie is The Nut Job (PG, 2014). 413-587-4237. Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (< $)

Thursday, August 6. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Pirates have long captured kids’ imagination with their legendary adventures on the high seas. Invite your children to dress up as a pirate and attend one of Paintbox Theatre‘s performances of Treasure Island, which runs August 5-8. 413-923-7159. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (< $)

Thursday, August 6. 1pm — GRAPHIC NOVELS
What does it take to create a graphic novel? Many kids find joy in expressing themselves through writing and drawing in this format once they learn some tools and skills of the trade! Participants in this graphic novel workshop at the Berkshire Athenaeum will learn how to create and develop characters, plot stories, and represent their ideas in pictoral form (even if they feel they lack the artistic skills to do so). Open to teens ages 13-18. Registration required. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 6. 5:30pm – 8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Grab a blanket and some friends and head to a concert at Kendrick Park, sponsored by the Amherst Business Improvement District! Tonight’s performance will feature Goat Boy & Calico Blue. 413-345-2945. downtown Amherst, MA. FREE

Aug 6

Join us on Thursday, Aug 6 from 6-8pm for a meaningful time volunteering with your family and your community! Free and open to everyone!

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Thursday, Aug 6 , 6-8pm, Potluck and Volunteer. (Bring your favorite dish to share.) Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Thursday, August 6. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Every Thursday through the summer, the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden will host concerts for all to enjoy on its peaceful grounds. A wide array of talented local musicians will be featured. 413-575-9707. 23 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 6. 6pm-7pm — BOOK TALK
Children encounter all sorts of heroes –from ones with magical powers to those who might sneak by, unnoticed–in their adventures with reading. This summer, the target”_blank”>Tilton Library is hosting several book talks (with pizza!) in their children’s room. These are open to everyone but will be of most interest and value to participants who have read the book in question. Tonight’s talk focuses on Harry Potter (Rowling). Please sign up in advance if you plan to attend and would like pizza. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 6, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 6. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Thursday evenings through the summer, the Westhampton Public LIbrary hosts its “Field of Dreams” concert series. Tonight’s concert features Zydeco Connection, a Franklin county-based 5-person ensemble whose music will get you dancing! Rain location is Westhampton Town Hall. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 6. 6:30pm – 8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Take your family, a friend, or a neighbor to a concert at the gazebo on South Hadley‘s town common this summer and enjoy a variety of music from local artists. Tonight’s performance features Dyn-o-myte Disco Review. Rain date 8/9. 413-538-5017. Route 47 & Route 116, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 6. 6:30pm-8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Popular children’s musician Roger Tincknell performs a participatory concert at the Huntington Summer Music Series concert this week. Bring a lawn chair and partake of the local bake sale goods, too! In case of rain, performance will be held inside Stanton Hall. 413-667-5563. Huntington Gazebo (Routes 20 & 112), Huntington, MA

Thursday, August 6, 7pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, August 6. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12pm – VOLUNTEERING: Help monitor and care for the trails at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property. Runs Thursdays through November 26, 2015. Contact conservation ranger Rene Wendell for more details. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open during the summer months on Mondays and Thursdays for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Thursday in Goshen Town Hall. There will be storytime, crafts, projects, and more. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA.
  • 10am-12pm – CRAFT & STORYTIME: Thursdays through August 20 the Arms Library hosts an “Every Hero Has a Story” craft and storytime for children and their families. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers (ages 2-5) every Thursday at the Ramsdell Library. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: The Jones Library will offer a preschool storytime every Thursday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every third Thursday at Scantic Valley YMCA. Mothers of babies 12 months and under can come talk about motherhood at this monthly program. 413-583-3527. 45 Post Office Park. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Thursday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – HISTORY: Children and their families are invited to explore the rooms of Naumkeag house, a Trustees of Reservations property, through the eyes of those who lived there. Fun, outdoor lawn games will be available from 11am-4pm, too! Program runs Thursdays through August 27, 2015. 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 2pm-4pm – KNITTING: Knitting provides an excellent base for intergenerational skill sharing every Thursday. Bring your current project or one you’ve been meaning to start! All levels of knitters are welcome at this Thursday knitting circle, hosted at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. 413-443-1792. 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Hatfield Public Library holds a weekly Crafting Club for ages 5 and up every Thursday! Come to the library and get creative at this fun program. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm – MINECRAFT: Tweens and teens can attend Minecraft Club at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Thursday. Come make new friends and trade Minecraft tips and tricks! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will be no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for students ages 5-8. Every Thursday. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday at Gaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6:30pm – LEGO: Kids ages 6 and up can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Mason Square Branch Library‘s LEGO Club every Thursday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Stunning scenery, sunsets, and great music await you at the Naumkeag at Night concert series which runs Thursdays through September 17, 2015. Sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket! 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 5pm-8pm – ART: The galleries at Williams College Museum of Art are open late on Thursdays in July and August. The patio, with its beautiful views of the Berkshires, will be open late, too, for those who wish to relax and enjoy the scenery. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive #2, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – SKILLSHARE/CRAFT GROUP: The Haberdashery holds a Chat ‘n Do every Thursday at 5:30pm. Bring a project you are working on and chat with others, hash out ideas, ask advice, offer tips, and more. This is a good opportunity for intergenerational skill sharing! 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:15pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE: People of all ages will enjoy the amazing variety of dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series this summer. These outdoor performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 29, and feature a great diversity of dance styles and companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library will have a “Tuck Me In” storytime for ages 3-7 the first Thursday of each month. Kids can come to the library in pajamas and enjoy this bedtime-themed storytime. Registration is required. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday from through August 11. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, August 7th

Friday, August 7. 10am-11:30am — MUSIC & DANCE
The Frontier Regional CFCE playgroup welcomes Miss Olivia for a fun morning of songs and dancing at the Sunderland Elementary School. 413-665-8928. Swampfield Drive, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 7. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Pirates have long captured kids’ imagination with their legendary adventures on the high seas. Invite your children to dress up as a pirate and attend one of Paintbox Theatre‘s performances of Treasure Island, which runs August 5-8. 413-923-7159. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (< $)

Friday, August 7. 11am-1pm — ORNITHOLOGY
Most days you can glance up at the sky and find a red-tailed hawk soaring above. Hawks and other raptors live throughout the Pioneer Valley, but face threats due to human activities. Learn more about these amazing animals, and how and why to help protect them and their habitats, at Tom Ricardi’s birds of prey presentation, hosted by the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Participants will be able to meet some of the birds Tom has rehabilitated at his local wildlife center, too! 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Friday, August 7. 4pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate local Hilltown culture at the Littleville Fair, a classic agricultural fair, which runs August 7-9. Friday night features small tractor pulls and an oxen draw. Past participants say this is quite the show! 413-568-7133. 15 Kinnebrook Road, Chester, MA. (< $; FREE for children 12 and under)

Friday, August 7. 5pm-8pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
If you are planning on spending money on dinner, a gift, or a necessity, it’s great to keep your dollars local and support the health of your community! Towards this end, the Greenfield Business Association hosts “First Friday” celebrations every month from May through December. Meet up with friends and neighbors downtown to enjoy food, live music, special sales, and give-aways. This month’s theme is “Art for All.” 413-774-2791. downtown Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 7. 5:30pm-9:30pm — COMMUNITY DINNER & FOOD RESOURCES
Are you part of a food co-op, or have you wondered what they are and how or why to join one? Dine with members of the River Valley Market co-op on the grounds of the lovely Quonquont Farm (dinner features house-made barbeque pork and tofu), enjoy music by Gumbo Jumbo Dixieland, and stay to watch Food for Change (2014), a documentary that details the history of food co-ops in the US. Dessert will be served after the film. Tickets should be purchased in advance at River Valley Market. 413-585-5151. 9 North Street, Whately, MA. ($)

Friday, August 7, 7pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, August 7. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, August 7. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
The city of Pittsfield hosts family movies at Clapp Park throughout the summer. This week’s movie is Frozen (PG, 2013). Rain cancels. 413-499-9370. West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • (varies) – MUSEUMS: The Highland Street Foundation will once again sponsor Free Fun Fridays, a program which offers free admission to museums and cultural venues throughout our area. Seventy institutions are participating over the course of the summer! How many will you visit? From art to science to history to music, there’s something for everyone in the family on their calendar through August. 617-969-8900. Locations vary. (FREE)
  • 8am – FRENCH: Parlez-vous français? If so, join others to share pastries and conversation on The Mount‘s terrace this summer through August. RSVP en français á petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. (<$)
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am – 11am – PLAYGROUP: Drop in to play at the Bridge Street School to enjoy their toys, playspace, new friends, and air conditioning this summer, sponsored in part by the Northampton Parents Center! No group on 7/3 nor 8/28. 413-587-1471. Preschool classroom, 2 Parsons Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: Folks who enjoyed the Tuesday playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School during the school year can enjoy the same program this summer on Friday mornings instead. This group is hosted by the Frontier Regional Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program. 413-665-1151 x 46. 1 Swampfield Drive, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center will host summer meet-ups at the town beach each Friday for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. Town Beach Road (Route 9 & Federal Street) Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for ages walking to 5 every Friday. During the summer months, this group meets at Russell Field in Adams (500 Harmony Street). 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PERFORMANCES: Stanley Park hosts a variety of performers every Friday morning through August 7, 2015. Chairs are provided; bring a blanket if your child would like to sit right in front of the stage. 413-568-9312. Beveridge Pavillion Annex, 400 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Frontier Regional CFCE has a new playgroup that will meet Fridays through August 14 for kids ages 0-6 and their families. Rain or shine. 413-665-1151 x 46. Sunderland Elementary School, Swampfield Drive, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – OUTDOOR PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will host nature-based outdoor playgroups this summer, each week featuring a different STEAM-related activity and free book! Appropriate for children 8 and younger. Meets rain or shine at the Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center. 978-544-5157. 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Young kids can attend a weekly storyhour at the Pelham Library every Friday. Come enjoy stories and crafts. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – MUSEUM-BASED PLAY: Visit the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Adventures, a weekly program every Friday that will feature songs, stories, scavenger hunts, playtime, and more. Intended audience is children 18 months – 3 years with a caregiver; siblings welcome. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm – THEATRE: Every Friday through August 21, the Williamstown Theatre Festival presents readings of bold new works from leading playwrights. Appropriate for older students and adults. Nikos Stage, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Parents/caregivers can drop off kids ages 3-12 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center while you enjoy date night every Friday! Kids will enjoy swimming, activities, pizza, and stories. Cost includes pizza dinner. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 6pm-9pm – MUSIC/ARTS & CRAFTS: ArtALIVE will host Concerts, Crafts, and Conversation every Friday night. Local musicians will perform and there will be open crafts. 413-222-5366. 35 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)
  • 6:15pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE: People of all ages will enjoy the amazing variety of dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series this summer. These outdoor performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 29, and feature a great diversity of dance styles and companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 8:30pm – MOVIE: The Northfield Drive-In is open every Friday and Saturday night this summer! Come see summer blockbusters in a classic setting at the Drive-In, which is one of New England’s few remaining drive-in theaters. See their website for the summer movie schedule. 603-239-4054. 981 Northfield Road. Hinsdale, NH. ($)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Goshen, Heath, Holyoke, Leyden, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Warwick, Williamsburg and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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